"There could be monetary sanctions or limitations on taking part in large-scale events, including but not limited to the Olympic Games," said Mārtiņš Dimants, head of the Anti-doping department of the State Sports Medicine Center.
Latvia's Health Ministry says that the main problem is that the anti-doping body is not independent but instead is controlled by said ministry. The Health Ministry wants to establish an independent anti-doping bureau.
"We hope that funds will be granted to the Health Ministry [for the task]," said Edgars Severs, director of the Sports department at the Ministry of Education.
"I don't want to paint gloomy future scenarios, but if expertise is carried out from outside, a certain risk exists," he said.
Currently the anti-doping body employs three people. Its previous director left due to the low salary the position carried, said Mārtiņš Dimants.